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When the Prescription Becomes the Problem

April 2015

People are getting sicker — and even dying — from the painkillers prescribed by their physicians. What is the medical community doing about this epidemic?

Perceptions of the Appropriateness of Care in California Adult Intensive Care Units

April 2015

Researchers have found that patients often receive treatment in the ICU that neither matches their preferences nor is likely to benefit them.

Request for Applications: Creating a Culture of Safe Prescribing

April 2015

CHCF is seeking family medicine and internal medicine residency programs to join an action group focused on safe prescribing practices for opioid-dependent patients. Applications are due May 12.

Nursing 2.0: Improving Care Through Technology

March 2015

Emerging technologies are revolutionizing nursing. First in a series, this case study on laser imaging for wound care examines how nurses are embracing new ways to provide care.

California Joint Replacement Registry

March 2015

Despite the high volume of hip and knee replacements, data on device efficacy, surgical technique, and patient outcomes are lacking. A statewide registry aims to fill the gaps.

Striking a Balance: Safety-Net Leaders Explore Solutions to the Prescription Painkiller Epidemic

March 2015

Overuse of prescription opioids has led to high rates of addiction and even death. Health care leaders discussed how to manage the use of high-dose opioids in the safety net.

Educating Prescribers About Naloxone to Prevent Opioid Deaths

March 2015

A pilot project aims to prevent prescription painkiller overdoses by educating prescribers about Naloxone — a drug that counters the effects of opioids and saves lives.

Finding a Match: How Successful Complex Care Programs Identify Patients

March 2015

Complex care management programs can help patients while minimizing unnecessary cost — but only if matched with the patients most likely to benefit from these services.

Strategies for Hiring and Training Care Managers in Integrated Programs Serving Medicare-Medicaid Beneficiaries

February 2015

Health plans rely on care coordinators and case managers to meet the social and medical needs of patients with complex conditions. Learn how plans invest in training to keep staff in these roles committed and sharp.

The Lean Way: How California Public Hospitals Are Embedding a Culture of Improvement

February 2015

Five California public hospitals are integrating Lean management techniques at every level to improve performance. Case studies highlight their progress and lessons learned.

It Takes a Community to Train New Docs

January 2015

Although the community is where most future doctors will spend their careers, most new physicians continue to train in hospitals. We need a better approach.

Controlling Blood Pressure Through Better Clinical Decision Support

January 2015

Clinical decision support tools alert providers to screen patients for high blood pressure, find opportunities for follow up, and suggest treatment options. A CHCF-supported collaborative developed tools to speed adoption of CDS for hypertension.

The Patient Experience Action Community

January 2015

Delivering an exceptional patient experience can boost quality, safety, and performance. CHCF funded eight community clinics to elevate the patient experience.

Safety Net Analytics Program (SNAP)

December 2014

The new Safety Net Analytics Program will teach clinic leaders how to mine the data in EHRs to improve patient care.

A Tale of Two Births: High- and Low-Performing Hospitals on Maternity Measures in California

November 2014

Expectant mothers can have different delivery experiences depending on the hospital. Where are California's high- and low-performing hospitals on maternity measures?

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